Happy birthday, Moby-Dick! Melville’s classic turned 160 this week. Check out this Timesslideshow of the book’s covers through the decades. (Need some motivation to tackle this tale? Pick up Nathaniel Philbrick’s Why Read Moby-Dick?)
“You want to write good characters with an unforgettable voice? In my experience it won’t kill you if you first figure out the character’s relationship with the telling, with the story, before you even think about what kind of words, what kind of languages, what kind of attitude these folks will be slinging.”—In this Huffington Post feature, Junot Díaz doles out some words of wisdom for young writers.
In this feature on The Guardian, An Optimist’s Tour of the Future author Mark Stevenson talks about his upcoming projects, entrepreneurial impulses, and his role as one of the Honda Dream Factory’s “cultural engineers.”
Come cheer on Pretty author Jillian Lauren as she battles for victory in Literary Death Match, a hilarious, competitive reading/performance series in which four authors have seven minutes to duke it out for bookish glory.
We’re proud to announce that Penguin author Danielle Evans has won the 2011 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction, for her debut collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self. AND we’re proud to announce that she is also a new PSB speaker! For a sample of Danielle’s stellar writing, you can read her short story “Virgins” online here. Congrats, Danielle!
Pennie Clark Ianniciello, the book buyer at Costco, has chosen her November book of the month, and the lucky book is Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok! Congrats Jean! In the monthly Costco newsletter, Pennie writes of the book:
"When I first read about Jean Kwok, I felt like a bit of an underachiever. Kwok came to the U.S. at age 5, and eventually was awarded a scholarship to Harvard. She also worked in a handful of science labs before going to college and competed as a ballroom dancer after graduating from college. On top of all that, she’s an amazing writer.”